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Job Opportunities

We are continuously looking for excellent young researchers on the postdoctoral, PhD, and earlier level of their carreer to join our endeavor. If you are interested in working with us, please do not hesitate to send a CV to one of the laboratory leaders.

In particular, we are currently aiming to fill the following positions:

The Helmholtz young investigator‘s group “Theory of multi-scale neuronal networks“ is looking to recruit a

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m)

Within the INM-6 the Helmholtz young investigator‘s group “Theory of multi-scale neuronal networks“ focuses on the mechanisms shaping the (correlated and oscillatory) activity in neuronal networks with structured connectivity on several spatial scales, from synaptic specificity within cortical layers to inter-area-connections. We aim at a quantitative and mechanistic understanding of features of experimentally observed neuronal activity by developing and adapting analytical methods from statistical physics (e.g. Fokker-Planck equations, mean-field approaches, path integral methods) combined with direct simulations of large-scale neuronal networks at cellular resolution.

Your Job:
The candidate will coordinate on the scientific and organizational level research projects to investigate the relationships between neuronal connectivity on different scales and spatially and temporally structured activity, by developing a sequence of theoretical descriptions from the microscopic level of spiking neurons to effective equations of interacting areas. This involves the development and application of analytical and simulation tools. As a member of our team the candidate will supervise PhD students and in collaboration with our experimental partners define relevant and realistic research projects in the context of the long term research program of the institute.

Your Profile:
* University degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in physics or mathematics, and a PhD in a quantitative science

* Appreciation for the work with PhD students, understanding of scientific progress as a collaborative achievement

* Enthusiasm about the combination of analytical and numerical approaches that enable a quantitative understanding of the dynamics in neuronal networks

* Good programming skills and basic knowledge of software development in either python, C++, or matlab

* Experience in scientific writing in a related field (demonstrated by a corresponding publication record)

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system, quoting the reference number 2014-028.

See here for the full job announcement.

We are also seeking to fill the position of a

Student Helper

Additionally, we are seeking a student helper to support the institute's administration and scientific coordination (max 19hrs/week). Among others, your taks may involve support of database and website maintenance, workshop organization, buisness management, preparation of scientific reports and management of research projects.

Your profile:

  • student at a local university, preferably in early or mid stages of your study as we are looking for a candidate staying with us for a longer period of time.
  • proactive work style
  • good interpersonal and communication skills
  • fluent in German and English
  • very good office programm skills, e.g. word, powerpoint, xls, ideally visio

There is the opprotunity that the student helper may conduct his/her bachelor/master thesis (computer science, physics or similar) or MD thesis in our group.

Please contact Dr. Martina Reske,, to apply for this position or if you have any further questions.